It may have been deemed a nasty awakening if the offenders weren’t so dang cute.
Tim Newton lives in Alaska on a piece of land that borders a vast nature preserve, so he’s used to seeing wildlife in his yard. But one fluffy family of wild felines didn’t simply pass through on this particular morning; they opted to use his porch as their playground. This started while Newton was still sleeping, but he was quickly awoken by a commotion.
Newton told The Dodo, “It was right about morning, and I heard some noises; it was like someone scurrying on the deck.” “When I awoke, I thought to myself, ‘What the heck is that?’ So I put on my bathrobe and carefully drew aside the curtain, and there was a lynx cat sitting there watching me.”
Sure enough, three or four lynx kittens were enjoying a get-together on Newton’s deck.
Thankfully, he had his camera with him.
Newton described them as “running back and forth, pouncing on each other.” “I began clicking pictures. ‘Wow!’ I said. What unbelievable good fortune. This is the best of them all. ‘This is incredible!'”
Lynx are extremely difficult to identify in the wild, and Newton has only seen them a few times. So getting a chance to picture them up up and personal — from the comfort of his own home — was very exciting for him.
“They were adorable. It was adorable, to say the least “Newton said. “It was incredible.”
But there’s more to come.
The small lynx scurried off Newton’s deck and into his yard after a few minutes. He assumed that playtime had ended, even though it had only just begun. Newton heard the kitten’s mother mewing from the grass through his screen door. Then, one by one, all seven of her children returned to his deck, followed by her.
Newton stated, “I’ve never seen so many lynx.” “I was astounded to see so many lynx on my balcony.”
The lynx, hidden behind the screen, didn’t seem to notice him taking their picture. They all remained together long enough for Newton to capture a great family photo at one point.
That was short-lived. The kittens were soon back at it.
“They resumed their game,” Newton added. “They all played on my deck for the next 40 minutes. They were pursuing, tumbling, and grappling each other.”
Newton got a lot of respect for their mother after seeing how boisterous the kittens were.
“She has a lot on her plate,” he explained. “I’ve determined that lynx must spend 1% of their waking lives hunting rabbits and 95% of their waking lives chasing their young. What a handful you are!”
Except for one lynx who approached the screen to examine, Newton obtained some fantastic shots of the lynx, who didn’t appear to know he was even there. That didn’t work out.
“I’m not sure why I did that — maybe to remark to him, ‘Oh, what a nice little kitten!’ — but I drew the camera away from my face a bit, and my eyes showed,” Newton explained. “That kitten’s terrified expression! He just flew away from me with his eyes wide open! But it went unnoticed by the rest of the group.”